As of 4 AM, 08 Dec. 2014, “Hagupit” is 50 km northeast of Romblon, Romblon and is moving west-northwest at 10 km/h, according to the Phil. Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). It has been downgraded by PAGASA from ‘typhoon’ to ‘tropical storm’ status. The expected third landfall will happen today at 6 – 8 PM at the northern part of Mindoro Island.
It is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center, and gusts of up to 150 km/h. Rainfall is estimated to be from 5 – 15 mm per hour, or moderate to heavy, within the storm’s 450 km diameter.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reports that 16 provinces in 5 regions are experiencing power outages, namely: Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon (Region IV); Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur (Region V); Iloilo, Antique (Region VI); Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte (Region VII).
In addition, cellphone networks are not working in most parts of the Samar and Leyte provinces. Multiple roads in the Samar and Leyte provinces have been rendered impassable by floods and landslides, isolating several municipalities.
Several dioceses have reported massive flooding in the provinces of E. Samar, N. Samar, and Leyte, leading to damages to shelters and crops.